The “D” Word (Divorce)

A Picture Book to Help Kids Going Through a Divorce


SKU: B033-Net

Otis used to have the “perfect” family. That all changed when his parents told him that they were getting a D…D…D… The “D” Word he can’t even say it! At first Otis blames himself. With the help of his Gram, Otis discovers the reasons why people get divorced.

He also learns about the Three C’s of Divorce:

  • I didn’t CAUSE it
  • I can’t CONTROL it, so
  • I’m going to have to learn to COPE with it!

This book offers both children and adults the tools and insights that are needed to effectively deal with the difficult challenges that a family goes through when parents get divorced.

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Phillip W. Rodgers
Paperback ISBN 9781931636766
Grades 2-6
32 pages
Release Date June 15, 2011

Additional information






National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

This book hits the target well for children going through the trials of their parents’ divorce. Through well placed humor and apt advice, Julia Cook sets straight several misconceptions children have about divorce. Parents, through this child-friendly story, are also put on notice to watch their own responses that can adversely affect their own children. This is a must read for children, along with their parents, going through this difficult life changing event.

Kim “Tip” Frank
Licensed Child Therapist and Author

This book is really quite good. I use it a lot in my practice. It’s one of the few divorce books that I’ve found wherein the parents don’t just seem to get along as well as they did before the divorce. This book is much more true to kids’ experience.

C. Blair Skinner, LMFT
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